I have “a thing” about bands with odd names. I wonder do people just put the most random words together and go with it? When I heard the name “Catfish & The Bottlemen” I was reluctant to even give the band a listen, but after hearing all the buzz and the news they’ve been signed to Communion Records, I knew I had to check them out.
Settling in for a drizzly Monday night in Williamsburg at Baby’s All Right, the night started off with a band called Dreamers who were the evening’s surprise guest. Surprise indeed because their brand of grunge rock with a trippy pop twist whipped the crowd into a frenzy. I definitely found myself singing along with their hit “Wolves”, which has one of the most unexpectedly clever videos I’ve seen in a while.
When Catfish & The Bottlemen took the stage, the anticipation in the crowd was bursting at the seams. While all the band members were clad in black, lead singer Van McCann was quite chatty and easily won the crowd over with his quick wit. Their songs were full of power choruses that the crowd eagerly sang along to. The obvious favorite of the night that earned a ton of squeals from the crowd was “Homesick“, and by the end of it, two young girls managed to rush the stage and dance onstage for the entire song.
It’s almost hard to believe that CATB have only just released their debut a few weeks ago with the crowd they managed to pack into Baby’s All Right. Keep an eye out for them in the future; you’ll surely be seeing much more of them.
Article by: Lesley Keller